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Need Reality Check: Royal Oak smells bad to me.

cocktails42cocktails42 Posts: 45
edited December 2011 in EggHead Forum
Hi guys,

This has been bothering me for a while.  I buy the red bag, Royal Oak lump at Wal-Mart.  It is highly rated on NakedWhiz.com.

Thing is, it has a smell to me I don't like.  I'm careful to burn the new coal till there's no smoke coming off it, so that's not the problem.

Last night I did a cook and my wife loved it.  I was very unhappy with it.  To me the Royal Oak gives off some sort of "chemical" smell.  Always has, bag after bag after bag.

So I need a reality check.  I think this is just me and I'm gonna have to switch brands.  

Has anyone else experienced this dislike of the Royal Oak aroma?


Comments

  • I know.  I agree it's weird.

    Funny thing is I was wondering if mesquite charcoal might be a good course for me. hehe.  funny, huh?

    I think I'm gonna try a couple different brands.  I had some Wicked Good once and liked that.
  • GatoGato Posts: 766
    I really like Ozark Oak. I have a bag of Royal Oak but haven't tried it yet.
    Geaux Tigers!!!
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    you maybe smelling ammonia?  that's normal, but should blow off after a while as the draft thru the egg carries it away.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • gerhardkgerhardk Posts: 842
    If it smells bad to me I would switch, not matter if others don't smell it.  I would always have that doubt in the back of my mind about it so why bother.

    Gerhard
  • You say red bag.  Did you check the back to make sure it is the US Royal Oak?  RO has source charcoal in red bags from 3 other countries.  If you want to try Ozark Oak and can't find it, you can order it with free shipping from www.grillstuff.com if you buy 10 bags at 10.95/bag.
    The Naked Whiz
  • Stike,

    I smell and taste it in the food.

    Whiz,

    It's the Made in USA stuff.  I'll look into Ozark Oak.  But I don't mind spending more for something I like.


  • Okay,

    UPDATE:  I went over an looked at the www.grillstuff.com site and just ordered 10 bags of Ozark Oak.  Heck, I'll try it out AND also give my son 5 bags for his egg.
  • ribnrunribnrun Posts: 174
    My complaint with RO has been the number of rocks, bones, sticks, marbles, bricks, and other random 'flavor enhancers' in my bags. Cowboy is also available in my immediate area, but it is usually crushed up so bad that only 1/2 the bag is usable. I know my local delivery guys too well, so mail ordering charcoal is a bad idea, it will give me black lung opening the bag. So hard to find good stuff.
  • I have the same issue with BGE charcoal. Don't have that issue with weekend warrior
  • Found a baseball rock in the last bag of Ozark Oak.  It's not just RO that has extras.
    The Naked Whiz
  • ribnrunribnrun Posts: 174
    I have made a modern art tribute to Lump charcoal along the railing of me deck next to my egg. Anyone have advice on how to post a photo? Keeps telling me the photo is too large.
  • I use RO, no problems here, but will have to check again the next time I use!
  • ShawnShawn Posts: 356
    Go with basque natures ownes or Maple Leaf lump! http://www.basquescharcoal.com/find.php

    I have been using Royal oak blue bags in Canada and found there stuff to be hit and miss latelly! There quality control went out the window. I am now using Maple Leafs and Basque Natures own and love them and it smell very good! Also Basque is used by pitmasters like Diva-Q!
    Cheers! Shawn My Blog: http://hrmcreativebbq.blogspot.com/ My Dads Custom Handles Blog http://dannyscarvings.blogspot.com
  • SqueezySqueezy Posts: 1,101
    Go with basque natures ownes or Maple Leaf lump! http://www.basquescharcoal.com/find.php

    I have been using Royal oak blue bags in Canada and found there stuff to be hit and miss latelly! There quality control went out the window. I am now using Maple Leafs and Basque Natures own and love them and it smell very good! Also Basque is used by pitmasters like Diva-Q!

    +1
    Never eat anything passed through a window unless you're a seagull ... BGE Lg.
  • I had that 'chemical' smell & taste with Best of the West Mesquite. Bought a small bag and pitched it after two cooks. Have used Maple Leaf and BGE lump exclusively ever since. Will be BGE for awhile now as I picked up a truck load on sale at a couple of demo days in Toronto over the past week. Anyone try Dragon's Breath?

    the city above Toronto - Noodleville wtih 2 Large 1 Mini

  • SqueezySqueezy Posts: 1,101
    Yes on the Dragon ... lights up like the 4th of July ... otherwise OK
    Never eat anything passed through a window unless you're a seagull ... BGE Lg.
  • Thanks Squeezy. Was told that it sparks big time when lit. Was wondering about it after I saw an employee at local dealer loading a dolly full into into his car. Talked to a couple of eggers in the store and they use different lump depending on what they cook. Maple Leaf is ten bucks cheaper than BGE here, but I can't find any other lump that gives meat the same taste as BGE. So I buy both and mix the bags together.

    the city above Toronto - Noodleville wtih 2 Large 1 Mini

  • cocktails42cocktails42 Posts: 45
    edited December 2011
    You guys know that Royal Oak makes the lump for BGE?  Check out the info on this at nakedwhiz.com


    I'm not trying to start trouble.  Just sayin'.

    Also, I'm certain that the problem is with me, not with RO.  But it's a good motivator for me to try different lump and see what suits me.
  • Found a baseball rock in the last bag of Ozark Oak.  It's not just RO that has extras.



    I like RO better than Ozark Oak. I wasn't impressed with Ozark at all. Average lump.
  • rodentrodent Posts: 106
    Where do you guys by basque in Canada. I live in st catharines
  • SqueezySqueezy Posts: 1,101
    Where do you guys by basque in Canada. I live in st catharines




    Sorry to say I could find no place selling in St. Catharines, I'm lucky (I guess) Brantford is only 30 minutes away.

    You can contact them here; http://www.basquescharcoal.com/RetailCANADA.php

    Never eat anything passed through a window unless you're a seagull ... BGE Lg.
  • I use Nature Glow and love it. I found a wholesaler here & I pay $22.00 for 40 lbs.
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  • I forgot to add that the local BGE retailer sells it for about $20.00 for 20 lbs
  • Nature-Glo is made by Royal Oak.
    The Naked Whiz
  • smaschsmasch Posts: 115
    I have reccently switched to B & B Charcoal and have been happy with the results.  No debris after 4 bags and a resonable price.  $12.97 / 20 lbs at Acadamy Sports. 
    Owner of LBGE, Antique Komodo Green in Color. Proud Career Firefighter. Johns Creek / South Forsyth GA
  • I also had a bad bag of charcoal. It smelled like chemicals and now my egg smells the same even after I removed it. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get rid of the smell? Thanks in advance.
  • I have been using B & B for a while.  It is definitely a good deal.  I have had a couple of rocks over the course of 20 bags or so.  My only complaint is that it has so many small pieces, but even though they are small I have always used the whole bag.  
    Large BGE Decatur, AL
  • I have made a modern art tribute to Lump charcoal along the railing of me deck next to my egg. Anyone have advice on how to post a photo? Keeps telling me the photo is too large.
    Do you have a way to edit the photo? Change the resolution to 72 or the size to about 800 pixels wide...that should work.
    Coming to you from the Mothership!
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